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Conventional beauty standards can wreak havoc on one's self-confidence, regardless of age or gender. Standards perpetuated by the media often leave those who fall outside their parameters feeling less confident, as they may be concerned that conforming to these conventions is the only way to truly be beautiful. However, there are many men and women across the world who are adamantly opposed to these destructive standards, calling them out for promoting superficiality and unrealistic expectations. One group of individuals who has recently spoken out is made up of senior women who are not on board with the "anti-aging" movement developed by beauty suppliers around the globe.
Women rebel against anti-aging movement
There are a variety of beauty products on the market that tote anti-aging effects, ensuring buyers that they will fight against wrinkles or other physical conditions that give away the signs of aging. However, women of all ages have recently stepped out against this movement, explaining that it does little but make older adults feel as though they are less beautiful for aging the way nature intended. Cameron Diaz, the 41-year-old actress, spoke to Oprah Winfrey about the importance of fighting against the anti-aging movement, explaining that women should accept and love their bodies as they continue to age.
That sentiment was echoed by the creators of The Beauty Plus, an online site that delivers beauty and style tips to adults over the age of 45. The site glorifies healthy aging, providing older adults with fashions and styles that will best accentuate their bodies as they grow older.
"We'll cover all aspects of beauty and skincare, with a little fashion and lifestyle thrown in, from product news to top tips, but what we won't do is patronize or tell you exactly how you should be looking or feeling at your age," the site's About page reads. " ... We're not into looking half our age, we're into being our age and loving it."
The Beauty Plus acts as one-stop shop for senior women
Visitors to The Beauty Plus have access to a variety of articles, editorial pieces and how-to guides to help senior women make the most of their appearances without encouraging anti-aging methods. These beauty and style secrets are ideal for women living in retirement communities, as the site can be easily accessed from any device. Be sure to visit The Beauty Plus and learn more about how senior women are embracing their natural beauty.
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The Art of Aging Gracefully
Posted in Hair, My Work, Tips by britsbeautytips
When you are young and in the prime of your life, we don’t often give much thought to the adjustments we will have to make as we age. I longingly remember my high school days – more specifically, my supple creaseless skin. I could easily walk out of the house without a bit of makeup, not a care in the world about who I might run into. (Sigh) Those were the days! But alas, as I head into my mid 30s, I find that those days seem like a distant memory. These days, if I leave the house with anything less than concealer, brows and at least a dusting of foundation – I know that the laws of the universe will inevitably require that I run into at least 3 people that not only recognize me, but also know that my job is to make people beautiful. I also get the expected question, “Wow Brit, you feeling alright? You look tired. “
What are you gonna do though, we all start aging from the time we leave our mother’s womb – so you can either fight it tooth and nail, or put on your big girl panties and try to age with some grace. Personally, I choose the latter. Afterall, I have had one of the most amazing examples of how a lady should act, how to exude class and kindness, and most relevant for this article – how to age with effortless grace. All of these lessons have come from the most important woman in my life, my mother.
My mom in the 80s
This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure of doing my mother’s makeup for her to go see the diva herself, Ms. Diana Ross in concert (now there’s another classy woman who has aged with grace).
Even though this is what I do for a living, it never ceases to amaze, excite and make me nervous all at the same time when my mother requests my makeup services for a special event. I am always reminded of all the time I spent as a little girl, perched on a seat in the bathroom as I watched with awe and wonder at this beautiful woman put on her face to go somewhere. She was and remains the most beautiful person in the world to me, so it is quite an honor for her to trust me with making her up.
As she would (literally) kill me if I posted her age for the world to see, I will just state that my mother is “a woman of a certain age” – who with one flash of her drivers license, can legally take advantage of every senior special a restaurant or store may have to offer. She doesn’t look her age at all, and good genes notwithstanding, I attribute this largely to the fact that she has taken excellent care of herself and has a beautiful personality that easily shines through.
All makeup artists know that it is easy to slap a bunch of makeup on someone and make them look like a completely different person – which is fine if you are doing character makeup and that is the purpose. But to enhance one’s beauty and looks, you must understand your client’s individual needs to give them the best results possible. Each canvas (or face) is different and with different age groups and skin types, there are adjustments to be made. My mother, while beautiful, does have mature skin and that has to be taken into consideration when working with your older clients.
One very important thing to remember when working on mature clients is to moisturize before you do anything else. Makeup has a tendency to settle into any fine lines or pores it can find, so it is extremely important to hydrate the skin adequately as a base. Next, it is a good idea to stay away from overly dark colors as this can have an effect of sinking in areas of your clients face that they’d rather fill out. I love using shimmery or pearlescent shadows, light reflecting highlighters (I.e. MAC cosmetics mineralize skin finish) along with blush on the cheek bones to bring out the features. Lipstick should also be kept lighter and glossy to make the lips look a litttle more pouty and full, but not clown like. A clean and neat brow that is a relative match to your clients hair shade (whether they are dyeing or letting nature take its course) is very important to frame the face. Last, but not least, don’t forget to add in some controlled dimension to your mature client’s face with well placed and light handed highlight and contour. As we age, our skin loses some of its elasticity and gravity can work against us. By using tasteful highlight and contour, we can remind the face of where its underlying bone structure is, keep that jawline where it should be and bring out those killer cheek bones. The key words to remember are light and tasteful. You can put on a full face of makeup, just don’t use a heavy hand.
For my mother’s concert look, I enhanced her beautiful deep set eyes with shimmer shadows, a little more contour on her outer corners and added some light false lashes. I smoothed out her overalll complexion with a mixture of cream and powder foundation and thinned out her eyebrows a bit with a shade a step darker than her hair color. Finally, with just a bit of trepidation, I handed her a mirror so she could approve the finished product – and she loved it! (Score one for my ego!)
The most beautiful finishing touch to any clients makeup is the satisfaction and self confidence that shines in their eyes and countenance when they are pleased with what
they see in the mirror. That can’t be bought or found in any bottle of product, as it is their own personal brand of beauty. It is the ultimate reward for a job well done (and my only reward as I can’t in good conscience charge my mother lol) and why I absolutely love this job.
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4 Fashion Habits That Are Bad For Your HealthCut them out now to protect your body without cramping your stylePublished: February 13, 2014 | By StyleCaster
Fashion can be a lot of things: exciting, transformative, communicative, and, most importantly, fun. That said, there are some facets of fashion that—over time—could damage your body and overall wellbeing. (Yeah, we know: not so fun.) We’re talking about the actual things you put on your body and the mindset you adopt for the sake of “looking the part”.
To explain which fashion habits could be doing major damage, we enlisted Will Torres, a health and fitness expert and owner of Willspace, a private training studio in New York City. Read on to educate yourself:
1. Teetering On High Heels
You’ve heard it before, but wearing high heels really is one of the worst things you can do for your body alignment. According to Torres, when you walk on the balls of your feet your torso tilts forward and you lean backward. This puts an incredible amount of stress on the spine and compresses its discs over time. What’s more, it can take weeks, months, or years of altered movement to feel the effects, like cramping in the toes and calves and pain in the back and hips. Luckily, though, lower heels are available everywhere—and they’re really, really cute.
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2. Lugging Around That “It” Bag
The bigger the bag, the more things you find can put in it. And because, as Torres points out, you probably carry your purse on one side, the uneven weight distribution can cause muscle imbalances (like one shoulder being more developed than the other) and a slew of alignment issues (like one shoulder sitting higher than the other).
But it gets worse: Heavy bags can also cause neck, shoulder, and spine pain when your torso shifts to deal with the uneven weight. A solution: A few days a week, give your body a break, and carry a small, light bag that’s free of extraneous objects. We’re partial to canvas totes, leather pouches, or paper-thin backpacks so long as they’re generally un-stuffed.
3. Dieting And Striving to Look “Fashion Skinny”
Seriously restricting your food intake for the sake of looking “fashion skinny” can ultimately slow down your metabolism, which can cause weight gain down the road, according to Torres. It doesn’t help that fasting can cause you to overeat when you do dig in.
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4. Adopting a “YOLO” Mentality
This motto can lead to tons of impulsive and destructive behaviors, from unhealthy eating habits to splurging on a designer bag that’s way beyond your budget. While it’s true that we only live once–and deserve to enjoy life!–your best bet is to make choices that benefit your body, mind, and wallet in the long run.